The #1 Way You’re Spreading Germs at the Grocery Store

You might think you’re being super cautious while food shopping, but there is one thing you’re doing that is spreading germs in the grocery store.

© Shutterstock woman wearing a yellow coat scans the produce section of a grocery store

And that’s touching the produce.

Yes, even with gloves on, you’re actually spreading a ton of germs.

How is touching produce the biggest way you’re spreading germs in the grocery store?

Think about it—produce is one of those items that you often feel a few before you settle on the perfect avocado or that cucumber that seems like it’ll taste the best. If you touch a few different fruits or vegetables before settle on the right one, those are germs you’re spreading to all those other items you just didn’t buy. Other customers come along and do the same thing, along with taking home an item you already touched, then the wave of germs just keeps spreading. Even if you’re wearing gloves, that doesn’t stop the spread of germs, and cross-contamination is a very real thing.

While you are shopping, there’s a chance that you might whip out your cell phone to perhaps look at the list you carefully curated to keep you on track so you don’t wander around the store as well. Sorry to break it to you, but studies have proven that your cell phone is a breeding ground for germs and the virus could be present on touchscreens. So if you happen to take out your phone and then touch all the produce—well, it’s safe to say you get the picture by now!

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